On Tuesday at 8:59 p.m., the Mariners will have to finalize their 40-man roster to protect certain players from the Rule 5 draft. They have 37 players on the 40-man roster of Monday
So which players in the Mariners system are eligible for the Rule 5 draft?
From the Mariners’ Jeff Evans …
A player must be added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft if the following are met…
After 4 or 5 years as a professional, a player must be added to his club’s 40-man roster or exposed to the 29 other clubs in the Rule 5 draft.
A club has 5 years to evaluate a player who signs his first pro contract at 18 years old or younger, but only 4 years to decide on a player who signs at age 19. For purposes of calculating years as a pro, the counting begins the day a player signs his first pro contract, not the season he begins to play.
So, a high school player (or someone of that age 18 or younger) drafted in 2008 must be added to the 40-man roster this season. A college player (likely falls under the 19 or older category) who was drafted in 2009 (and signed that season) would be eligible.
Here’s a list of a few players who the Mariners might choose to protect, and who might be of value to another team.
- Denny Almonte, OF
- Andrew Carraway, RHP
- Vinnie Catricala, INF/OF
- Joe Dunigan, 1B/DH
- Daniel Farquhar, RHP
- Anthony Fernandez, LHP
- Steve Hensley, RHP
- James Jones, OF
- Bobby LaFromboise, LHP
- Brandon Maurer, RHP
- Brian Moran, LHP
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